Roma better for Justin Kluivert than Man United, claims father Patrick

Rejecting interest from Manchester United was the right move for Justin Kluivert's career, according to his father Patrick.

Published : Aug 23, 2018 09:31 IST

Patrick Kluivert is confident Roma is the right club for his son Justin after the promising young attacker opted against a move to Manchester United.

Justin Kluivert had been tipped for a transfer to one of Europe's biggest sides after impressing for Ajax in recent seasons and earning his senior Netherlands debut in March.

The 19-year-old was a target for the Red Devils, but his father, who starred for Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona during his playing career, feels Serie A can equip Justin to develop further.

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"I'm very satisfied with what he is doing. He doesn't speak much, but he is someone who knows how to listen and is motivated, I would have liked [him] to stay in Ajax for another year, but he chose for himself. I think Roma is a good solution," Patrick told La Gazzetta dello Sport .

"A jump to the Premier League would have been difficult... I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower. Roma must not win by force and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now."

As for Justin's next move, Patrick added: "Then, who doesn't dream of Barcelona? But, Italian football is catching up and Justin can take advantage of it."

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